PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 1/18/2019
On Friday, Parkersburg Urban Ministries announced it has allocated limited funding to help furloughed government workers pay for medicine and utilities.
The organization's entire statement is below:
"NOTICE TO ALL FURLOUGHED GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES:
Due to the continued partial government shut-down, Parkersburg Urban Ministries has allocated special limited funding specifically to assist furloughed government employees.
Please call 304-428-0537 for use of our food pantry or to obtain assistance with utilities and/or prescriptions.
Our regular business hours are MWF 10:00-12:00."
Parkersburg Urban Ministries is located at 219 11th Street in Parkersburg.
ORIGINAL STORY: 1/16/2019
The Mountaineer Food Bank announces an assistance program for federal employees during the shutdown, and a local food pantry wants the people of the Mid-Ohio Valley to know its here to help.
Parkersburg Urban Ministries is opening its services to furloughed government employees. It says no proof of federal government employment is required.
The organization has a food bank, and can provide utility or prescription assistance.
Urban Ministries says furloughed employees haven't sought help yet, but it expects those affected to start feeling the pinch soon as the shutdown reaches its 26th day.
Director Shauna Hyde says government workers shouldn’t feel embarrassed to seek help. She says if anyone deserves this help it’s them. "We realize that many of the furloughed people are people who have paid into the system for years. Often, they're the ones that donate to places like us when they have money, time, throw coins in the Salvation Army bucket. All of that."
Its business hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you need assistance outside of those hours you can call 304-428-0537 to make other arrangements.